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RED BANK: TWO WAYS TO MAKE ‘MERRY’

Two River Theater hosts two very different takes on Shakespeare’s comedy ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor,’ beginning with Saturday’s first preview of a three-actor free for all. 

When William Shakespeare put quill to parchment and began work on The Merry Wives of Windsor, he probably wasn’t laboring under the illusion he might create something to be dissected by critics and scholars for hundreds of years to come. The more immediate tastes of the popular audience were calling out to him, and with Wives the busy Bard had the opportunity to spin one of his most crowd-pleasing creations — Sir John Falstaff, the portly and roguish companion to the future king in the two parts of his historical drama Henry IV — into a rowdy (and cheerfully out-of-time) little knock-down farce.

Beginning this Saturday night, the Two River Theater offers Red Bank audiences not one but two rather unique takes on one of Shakespeare’s silliest comedies: one an intimately scaled three-actor adaptation that goes in search of the play’s “dark undercurrent;” the other an abridged full-cast version showcasing a talented company of high school age performers.

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RBR CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Pictured above left to right at Red Bank Regional’s Black History Month celebration are event emcee senior Corey Van Huff, Multi-cultural Club co-advisor Odilia Lligui, keynote speaker Lynese Rawlins, RBR Principal Risa Clay, and Multicultural Club co-advisor Karina Tedeschi. Below, RBR Dance majors presented their own original choregoraphy during the program.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“Education is the key to life,” Lynese Rawlins told her audience at Red Bank Regional High School, as she addressed the student body during the school’s Black History Month observance on February 2.

A college student who recently graduated early from Montclair State University, and who plans to attend law school in the fall, the Class of 2013 RBR grad returned to her alma mater as keynote speaker for the special event.

A high-achieving student at RBR as president of her senior class, captain of the cheer-leading squad and recipient of the NJ Governor’s award in 2013, Lynese serves as a as a local role model and example of how hard work and determination breeds success.

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FROM RBR TO SENIORS, A SPECIAL SHOW

Left to right: Shrewsbury Homesteader program chairperson Jerry Viracola and Homesteader president Carolyn Alt are pictured with RBR drama majors Maximum Portman, Erin McEvoy, Dixie O’Connell, Davis Bush, Luke Pearlberg, Lily Pena, Gianna Brockriede, Tamia Waddy, Alanah Ramos, Molly Pair, Anthony Campana,  and RBR drama teacher Reuben Jackson.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On January 12, an entourage of drama majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School showcased their talents during the monthly meeting of the Shrewsbury Homesteaders.
The members of the senior citizens’ organization were treated to a program of original songs, poetry readings and dramatic soliloquies from the works of William Shakespeare. Several cast members from RBR’s recent production of The Crucible recreated a scene from that classic drama by Arthur Miller.

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RBR CYBER PATRIOTS SWEEP STATE FINALS

Pictured are the members of Team Maroon from Red Bank Regional AOIT, which took first place in the CyberPatriot NJ State Competition. Left to right: Young Chen, Andrew Costa, Woody Quinn, Bobby Villaluz, Jack Ferrone, Kyle Neary. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The recent hackings of American government and corporate institutions have rocked our nation and emphasized how important a superior cyber security industry is to the defense of the United States.  Finding talented individuals to fill the future roles of our Cyber Patriot warriors is the reason the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Competitions were developed.

For the past eight years, Red Bank Regional High School has offered a superior program in Cyber Security for its students in the award-winning Academy of Information Technology (AOIT). In fact, in the first year the Cyberpatriot contest opened to public high schools, RBR took first place in the nation.

RBR exhibited this same strong performance in the CyberPatriot State Round that took place on January 14. That day six RBR teams worked from the school media center to compete virtually, determined to take the title for New Jersey. They ended the six-hour competition by sweeping the First, Second and Third place NJ State finishes.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR INVESTS IN TEEN HEALTH

Strength coach Jack Provine trains the off-season Girls’ Lacrosse team and other students, inside the new fitness center at Red Bank Regional High School.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“With the rate of youth obesity growing each year, this generation of young people will be the first to have a shorter life span than their parents,” observes Red Bank Regional High School athletic director Del Dal Pra, “unless we as a society do something about it…(and) at RBR we are doing something about it.”

Del Pra refers to the school’s latest investment in the health of its students: a new fitness center building addition, financed by the RBR School Board and furnished with donations primarily from the RBR BUC Backer Foundation and the Buccaneer Athletic Foundation. The public/private partnership created a striking facility which is in constant utilization.

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RUMSON: STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN FOR NCAA

Pictured on National Signing Day are RFH High School student athletes (front row, left to right) Thomas Chapin, Grace Forsyth, Hannah LoSavio, Samantha Beaudreault, and Michael Shaw; (back row, left to right) Matthew Vecchiarelli, Nicholas Calabrese, Michael Murdock, Samuel Sapnar, Tyler Pierson, Timothy Leonard, and Michael O’Connor. (Not shown: Michael Ruane).

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Surrounded by proud coaches and family members during a National Signing Day ceremony on February 1, thirteen student-athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School signed either National Letters of Intent or Commitments to participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association programs next year.

Following is a list of the RFH students and their programs:

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RBR VOICES JOIN IN HONORS CHORUS

Representing Red Bank Regional in the upcoming All-Shore and All- Eastern Honor Chorus for 2017 are (back row, left to right) Gianna Pallante, Shea Grant, Abby Miller, Alec DeMello, Jack Faccone- Stockwell, Claire Taylor, Devin Barry, Dannielle Wolf, Ben Hahn, Maddie Stout, and (front row, left to right) Jael Cross, Mara Campolattaro, Erin Ostrowski, Jade Glab, Lea Fanizzi, Julianna Conforti, Sara Zerilli, Asha Clarke. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Two vocal majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School have been selected to be part of the prestigious All Eastern Mixed Chorus. The two RBR students — Erin Ostrowski of Little Silver, and Jade Glab of Belmar — were selected from the ranks of students who earned spots in the New Jersey All State Chorus held earlier in the year.

Erin and Jake will join the 350 other students in the mixed chorus out of 1700, representing 11 northeastern states as well as the District of Columbia. The chorus is affiliated with NAfME, the National Association for Music Education.

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RED BANK: BASIE HOSTS ‘POETRY OUT LOUD’

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

Competitors have been announced for the regional Monmouth / Ocean / Middlesex county round of the annual, national Poetry Out Loud competition, hosted by the Count Basie Theatre Performing Arts Academy on Tuesday, February 7.
The 10 a.m. competition will choose two winners, who will advance (along with the winners of five other regional rounds), to compete in the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition, to be held on March 9 at The College of New Jersey’s Mayo Concert Hall at The Center for the Arts. From there, one state champion will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

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RUMSON: THINKING AHEAD TO FUTURE CITY

Press release from Rumson School District

It starts with the question, “How can we make the world a better place?”  To answer that question 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build model “Future Cities” that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue.

On January 14, Forrestdale School sent eighth grade students Jackson Patton and Lang Daly to Rutgers University to represent their fellow members of the school’s Future City Team, in the 25th annual Future City Competition — an event at which Forrestdale’s future city, named Forrestopia, was granted  the “Most Environmentally Friendly City” award.

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FAIR HAVEN TEEN ATTAINS EAGLE SCOUT RANK

Michael Frissora Elmer PotterEagle Scout Michael Frissora of Fair Haven (left) is pictured at the BSA Troop 67 Court of Honor with Elmer Potter, who at 90 years of age is Monmouth County’s oldest living Eagle Scout.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Fair Haven resident Michael Frissora has attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest possible achievement for a member of the Boy Scouts of America. The award was conferred by BSA Troop 67 Scoutmaster Michael Maier at a Court of Honor, held on January 8 at First Presbyterian Church in Red Bank.

For his Service Project, an Eagle Scout requirement, Michael returned to his “roots” and gave back to Fair Haven’s Viola L. Sickles School, the public primary school where he began his education. Michael’s project was a large garden constructed of recycled wooden pallets and located on a 1,000 square foot lot adjacent to the school.

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RED BANK: BASIE FILMFEST EXTENDS DEADLINE

project-fx-2017Press release from Count Basie Theatre

PROJECT FX 2017, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide student film competition presented by Bank of America, is live at www.projectFXbasie.com. Starting now, students enrolled at any New Jersey high school or college can visit the site to learn about entering the competition, with an internship experience with Sony Pictures Classics, a high-end Sony camera and $1,000 cash at stake as the contest’s grand prize.

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Count Basie Theatre will proudly host the daylong PROJECT FX Festival, which will include workshops with film industry professionals, plus a showcase of the top vote getters in both the high school and college categories.

PROJECT FX is open to students enrolled in any New Jersey high school or college as of September 1, 2016. Students now have until Sunday, February 5 (extended from the originally announced date of January 15) to enter their films, which will then be judged upon by a panel of regional and industry-wide experts. Last year’s PROJECT FX competition and festival attracted more than 80 high school and college applicants from throughout the state. Go here to view last year’s finalists.

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RBR MAJORS DANCE THROUGH THE DECADES

 dancewinterofficialThe dance majors of Red Bank Regional welcome you to their special “Dancing Through The Decades” winter concert on Thursday, January 12.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of Thursday, January 12, the dance majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA)  at Red Bank Regional High School will present their winter dance concert, under the theme “Dancing through the Decades.”

Scheduled for 7 p.m., the show features 22 pieces performed by the VPA dance majors in a variety of genres, including contemporary, modern, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pointe.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SENDS HOLIDAY CHEER

cardsforkidsofficialTaking a break from studies to create homemade cards for children who will be spending their holidays in hospitals are (left to right) Red Bank Regional High School students Nicole Gaillard, Saloni Ajami, Sammie Feder, Shelley Banfield, Charlotte Jansky, Dannielle Wolf, RBR teacher Jennifer Casaine, Kay Franzese, Jael Cross, and Ash Riegler. RBR teacher Cassandra Dorn (not pictured) assists with the program, part of a nationwide Cards for Hospitalized Kids initiative that has sent cards to over 100,000 hospitalized children throughout the United States. 

LINCROFT: CBA, TRINITY HALL RAISE $7,500+

cba-sadd-food-drive-2016Students from Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft) and Trinity Hall (Tinton Falls) teamed up to prepare and serve dinner to more than 240 attendees last Tuesday, raising over $7,500 in the process. 

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

On December 6, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters of Christian Brothers Academy and Tinton Falls-based Trinity Hall teamed up once again for their 10th annual “Dinner for the Troops.”

Convening in the CBA cafeteria, students handled all the preparations and cooking for 240 guests, while raising over $7,500 in the process. All funds raised will go towards supporting servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas. The evening also featured guest speaker Sgt. Melissa Leist, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, who shared her thoughts on military service.

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RED BANK: TURF HOLDING UP, SAYS SICKELS

rb-basie-turf-120516-5Rubber-crumb exposure at midfield and the sidelines, below, of the football field at Count Basie Fields is not indicative of the type of turf failure reported elsewhere, says the borough administrator. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb-basie-turf-120516-6Failing artificial-turf playing fields made by an industry-leading manufacturer are not an issue in Red Bank, according to borough Administrator Stanley Sickels.

three-day investigative exposé by NJ.com earlier this week reported that hundreds of turf fields across the United States were beginning to deteriorate long before the eight-to-ten-year life expectancy touted by the Canadian manufacturer, FieldTurf. The company knew about the failures but hid them as it continued to sell the fields, at prices often exceeding $500,000, the report alleged.

But the fields installed by the company at Count Basie Fields here are holding up well, Sickels told redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: STOP-IT COP STOPS AT SCHOOL

Press release from Fair Haven School District

sgt-tom-richSergeant Tom Rich, an internationally recognized internet safety expert known as the STOPit Cop,” shared his message with students and parents at Knollwood School on November 29.

At two daytime rallies for students (in grades 4 and 5, and grades 6 through 8) – as well as an evening session aimed at adults – Sergeant Rich (pictured) shared the consequences of misusing technology, social media, and popular apps such as Snapchat and Yik Yak. Using his own cell phone and an interactive presentation, he demonstrated how students can make their devices safer, during the presentations that were made possible by the Fair Haven PTA.

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RBR SOCCER GIRLS WIN REFS AWARD

rbr-girls-soccerRed Bank Regional Athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Tucker (at left and right) congratulate Girls’ Soccer Team co-captains Grace Dengler (Little Silver), Emily Bynoe (Shrewsbury), and Hannah Proodian (Red Bank). The team was recently honored with the Shore Conference Referees Association’s Sportsmanship award, the only one of more  than 40 teams in the conference to claim the honor.

LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEEN HONORED BY NJ YMCA

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

nicholasofficialIn a ceremony last month, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance honored Red Bank Regional High School senior Nicholas Villalobos-Best at the organization’s 16th Annual Recognition Celebration.

The Union Beach resident (pictured at center) was among the more than 20 students recognized at the ceremony; a group of teens and pre-teens who, in the words of NJ YMCA State Alliance President Diane Mann, “have demonstrated their character values by volunteering in a variety of ways to serve others through the Y.”

Nicholas was nominated for this accolade by YMCA Community Outreach Director Joann Rountree, who supervised him in the Teen Achievers Initiative, a college readiness club. She explained that Nicholas mentored his peers and always volunteered for activities, including speaking at aYMCA Board Meeting and fundraiser events.

Nicholas was first introduced to the YMCA as a grateful recipient of their Family Success Center.  Four years ago, Nicholas and his family lost everything in Super Storm Sandy. The YMCA’s Family Success Center, along with other charities, helped his family find the resources and networks to assist in their recovery effort.

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LITTLE SILVER: BUCS SIGN ON THE LINE

rbrsigningfallPictured above during the recent National Signing Day ceremony are  17 year old Red Bank Regional High School student athletes Mason O’Mara (left) and Kevin Paz (right).  The Shrewsbury resident O’Mara signed on to play baseball for George Mason University next year, while Little Silver’s own Paz will play lacrosse for Wagner College.

RUMSON: SURF TEAM WRAPS UP FIRST SEASON

emily-grossarth-101316-1elizabeth-sullivan-101316Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s surfing team recently wrapped up its first season of existence, giving nine girls and 21 boys a chance to indulge their passion for the sport in a structured program. Freshman Emily Grossarth, above, who placed second overall in the women’s division at the National School Surfing Association High School Championships last month, will compete at the NSSA Nationals in California in June. 

“I’m kind of sad when I’m out of the water,” said sophomore Grace Lehman, of Rumson. Unlike other sports, “you’re not worried about the score, or how much time is left in the game,” she said. “It’s just you and your friends in the water.”

The team, which practices on the beach opposite Via Ripa in Sea Bright, resumes in the spring, said coach Kevin Pfister. Meantime, here’s a video lookback at the debut season. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LINCROFT: CBA COLTS SIGN TO DIV I SCHOOLS

cba_signing_dayStudent athletes from Christian Brothers Academy who signed with Division I college programs on National Signing Day included (left to right) Drake Anzano of Toms River, Joseph Boyle of Avon, Nicholas Casner of Wall, Noah Yuro of Howell  and Christopher Gotterup of Little Silver. Not pictured: Brendan Bodisch of Middletown. (photo by Larry Levanti/ CBA Athletics)

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

On November 9, six student athletes  from Christian Brothers Academy committed to continuing their academic and athletic careers at Division I colleges, during the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period.

Colts representing the Academy’s cross country, golf, lacrosse and track teams signed with their chosen institution on Wednesday, with five of those athletes taking part in the ceremony after school at CBA.

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ON THE GREEN: SEVEN GIRLS, OFF TO HELP

2015-ilac-mission-1Seen here on their 2015 trip, seven Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional girls plan to return to the Dominican Republic Wednesday. They are, from left, Hannah Horan, Caroline Healey, Paige Borden, Mara Campolattaro, Olivia Turi, Annabel Morris and Maddie Orr. (Photo by Tim Orr Photography. Click to enlarge.)

donegoodlogoA year after helping to build a water line to a remote village in the Dominican Republic, seven seven sophomore girls from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and Red Bank Regional high schools plan to travel to the Caribbean nation again Wednesday.

The girls, who travel with their fathers and pay their own way, raise all of the funds for their humanitarian missions themselves, according to Mara Campolattaro, one of the participants. All the money raised goes directly to funding projects for things like supplies, local expertise and transportation on the island, she said.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN STUDENT ART SHINES

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

rfh-art-klayton-dal-praRecently, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School announced an initiative designed to shine an even brighter spotlight on student artwork: a project under which the school’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and Multiple Disabilities (MD) Program have teamed up to provide beautiful frames for the display of creations by RFH students.

Featured will be paintings and photography by NAHS and MD students. The collection will be rotated regularly, and will be featured prominently throughout the school building on an ongoing basis.

In addition, photographs of works by RFH art students at all levels will be enlarged and placed above the student locker areas.

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RBR FEMALE STUDENTS EXPLORE ENGINEERING

mikayla-byron-rbrSenior Mikayla Byron of Red Bank, a student at Red Bank Regional’s Academy of Engineering, works on a project during engineering class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For over 15 years, Red Bank Regional High School has provided an engineering program academy as a rich curriculum option for its students. RBR’s Academy of Engineering program is modeled on curriculum developed from Project Lead the Way (a non-profit organization that develops educational S.T.E.M programs in conjunction with industry).

Since its inception, it has more than doubled its enrollment with over 120 students enrolled this year, of which nearly 20% are female.  This fairly represents the percentage of women who graduate college with engineering degrees; however, RBR is one of the few schools that give students a real flavor for the industry prior to attending college.

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RED BANK: SEEKING MERRY WIVES, AND MORE

little-shakespeare-windsorPress release from Two River Theater Company

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces an opportunity for student actors, stage managers, designers, and run crew in grades 9-12 to be involved in the theater’s upcoming performances of A Little Shakespeare: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

The 75 minute play, adapted from the William Shakespeare comedy by director Nicole A. Watson, runs March 7-12, 2017 on the stage of Two River’s Rechnitz Theater.

Auditions for interested high-school students will be held at Two River Theater on November 16 and 18. In addition, the theater is offering opportunities for high school students who are interested in working as an assistant stage manager, assistant director, assistant designer, or on the production’s run crew.

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